Power Africa in Togo

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The majority of Togo’s generation capacity is thermal. Togo generates some of its own electricity but imports the majority from Nigeria and Ghana. Togo’s first independent power producer (IPP), ContourGlobal, started commercial operations in 2010, tripling the country’s generation capacity. The Government of Togo is interested in increasing private sector investment in the power sector and attracting off-grid companies to increase access to electricity in rural areas.

While Togo has limited experience with IPPs, it has taken significant strides to reform its legal framework to attract private-sector investment. Togo has established a regulatory body, passed a public private partnerships (PPP) law and a public procurement decree, and established an agency to promote rural electrification. As part of its national strategy for universal access by 2030, Togo is exploring a legal framework to promote renewable energy and a new off-grid rural electrification strategy. It is also currently in the planning stages of revising its national energy law to strengthen the role of the regulator.


  • Installed Capacity: 230 MW
    • Thermal: 164 MW
    • Hydro: 66 MW
  • Power Africa New MW to Date Reached Financial Close: N/A


  • Current Access Rate: 35%
    • Rural: 5% Urban: 74%
  • Households without Power: 1 million
  • Target: Achieve universal access by 2030
  • Power Africa New Off-Grid Connections: 42,924


Biggest Issues

  1. Limited experience with independent power producers.
  2. Technical and commercial losses as a result of nonpayments and aging infrastructure.
  3. Lack of an integrated electrification strategy that aligns on- and off-grid connections goals.

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Power Africa provides transaction support to developers and off-grid companies seeking to scale up operations across West Africa.



Power Africa provides transaction advisory assistance to private sector companies seeking to operate in Togo.


In 2017, the Government of Togo launched a presidential initiative called “CIZO,” which seeks to increase rural electrification rates to 40 percent by 2022. The Government is partnering with off-grid companies to offer solar home systems to rural customers. Power Africa partner BBOXX signed an agreement with the government to deliver more than 500,000 systems to rural Togolese over the next five years. Greenlight Planet, a U.S. company, signed an agreement to deliver more than 300,000 solar home systems.

In 2018, the Government of Togo announced a new electrification strategy for the country with a vision of achieving universal access by 2030. The International Finance Corporation, a Power Africa partner, is supporting Togo’s off-grid efforts.